Due to the third lockdown, all engagement with our Black Sheep Young Company had to take place online. We had planned to perform at the National Theatre Connections Festival 2021 and continued to stay committed to this.

Weekly rehearsals have continued online, and all Young Company members have stayed creative and positive during this time. The work they have produced has been so inspiring and has shown that theatre and the arts can overcome anything.

“We had a special guest at rehearsal this week!”

Lizzie Wiggs, one of the associate directors of National Theatre Connections joined our rehearsal to see all the Young Company’s exciting work. Our members shared with Lizzie their ideas, thoughts and personal interpretation of Andrew Muir’s play Look Up!

We cannot wait to see the piece come together which will be a collage of filmed clips, audio recordings and collective sequences. It shows the power of tribal communion in the play. The film will be available to watch online from the end of March. After this, the piece will be shared as part of the Royal and Derngate NT Connections online partner festival.

“We are counting down the days till it is safe to come together again!”

And finally, Black Sheep Collective in partnership with the National Youth Theatre have provided free workshops and resources as part of the Access Audition Fund. 30 young people participated in this exciting opportunity, receiving support and developed their performance skills and audition techniques.

Until next time,

Georgia Tillery